Eric Tinkler says competition from Siyabonga Mpontshane has improved Brighton Mhlongo
Posted: 19 March 2015 Time: 19:33
Orlando Pirates caretaker coach Eric Tinkler believes the arrival of goalkeeper Siyabonga Mpontshane has improved Brighton Mhlongo’s game.
Mhlongo has grown in confidence in recent matches after a nervous start in the first team last year when he replaced the late Senzo Meyiwa, and Tinkler says the added competition following Mpontshane’s arrival in January has helped Mhlongo improve his game.
Mpontshane joined the Buccaneers from Platinum Stars during the transfer window. Pirates also recently added Felipe Ovono, who impressed in goal for Equatorial Guinea during the Africa Cup of Nations.
“Mpontshane is an established goalkeeper; he was fantastic for Platinum Stars and he was called up to the national team and that has kept Brighton on his toes. Brighton has been fantastic for us, I tell this to the players every single day,” Tinkler says.
“The stronger the squad, the more depth you have in your squad, the more competitive it becomes and the better your squad becomes because every player wants to improve.
“They know they will be put under pressure from someone else. The more quality you bring in, the more it bodes well for the club because everybody will get better,” Tinkler continues.
“When you are at the top that’s when you are most vulnerable. You can't take your foot off the pedal; you have got to keep on working hard. You need to keep on striving to be better than you were the day before.
“Someone is behind you working as hard as you and the moment you slip up, your chance has come and gone.”